D6 Magazine: Down Below Redux

17 October 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

So, anyway... under the sea, I take it that it's better down where it's wetter; and also where they devote full time to floating. However, the sturgeon and the ray do not get the urge and start to play in the adventure Down Below in the upcoming Halloween issue of D6 Magazine! Gamemasters and players of OpenD6 system of role-playing games take note!

Something horrific is awaiting players who will have to eventually board the deep sea station in the illustration I did:

Benthic what?

For the previous illustrations I did for the adventure and hints to what players will encounter in Down Below, please click here to view them in a previous blog post.


Dark Times in Brighton

14 October 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Recently DWD Studios commissioned two black and white artwork for their Labyrinth Lord-compatible RPG product Dark Times in Brighton, an adventure for 1st - 2nd Level characters.

The first is a goblin throne room with the adventuring party sneaking upon the host behind pillars and stuff. Click on the thumb below to view it.

The second is the same adventuring party having a party while adventuring with carion crawlers. No not really, the crawlers are trying to eat them.

They crawl on dead carrion meat... they eat live adventurers.

What's that decanter doing in the background with the well? Get the book to find out!


A Little Mermaid of Some Sort

06 October 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

Another Art Jammers art jam was deigned to be about us artists jamming art on characters from one universe jammed into another universe.

I thought perhaps some people would find it gratifying to see Disney's The Little Mermaid transposed into the ending of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

Happily ever after? NO, NOT YOURS!

NOW she's part of the world...

D6 Magazine: Down Below

05 October 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Halloween, being a permanent fixture to the month of October, has inspired the upcoming issue of D6 Magazine to have horror-themed articles. The third issue of the online magazine continues to deliver articles, adventures and interviews for the Open D6 gaming community.

Here is a sneak peek to illustrations I did for a horror adventure set deep under the sea, entitled Down Below.

No Sean Connery in sight
Don't split the party, you imbeciles
Help me! I just had a bad shaving accident!
You'd never think of looking at real estate down the Mariana Trench

Yes! That's a baby dumbo octopus in the bottom illustration there. Watch out for the third issue of D6 Magazine due to be released at the end of the month.


Return of the Fart Zombie

01 October 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Humour
Sit on it!

Fart zombies are back, thanks to my joining of the Art Jammers group on Facebook. Last week, the theme was the undead.

Seriously... who really knows what vile gases are being produced by the innards of a shambling, undead being.


Batman Punches People

21 September 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

After having Bruce (Wayne) punched by Carol (Ferris) and upsetting Selena (not Kyle), it's time for Batman to go punch some other dudes.

Don't say I never did anything for you, Selena! Haha!

Larger image can be found here. Version with NSFW sound effects can be with Ryan (Rhodes), who suggested this warm-up sketch.


Carol Punches Bruce Redux

17 September 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

Remember that blog entry where Carol Danvers punches Bruce Banner?

Good times. Good times.

Here's another picture where Carol punches Bruce again.

Star Sapphire slugs Batman!

This time Carol Ferris punches Bruce Wayne in the face.


The Human Fly: Cornered

14 September 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

Here's my second submission to Cornered blog, as curated by Calamity Jon Morris. This time it's The Human Fly! I had issue 15 way back when which taught me that The Human Fly was a real guy in real life and there was an elevator going up the Washington Monument.

Click here to view the Cornered entry! And go check out the other Cornered entries as well while you're there!

Click here to check out a larger image at deviantArt.


Carol Punches Bruce

11 September 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

Before Aidilfitri, I went down to The Gardens, a mall in the Mid Valley arcology. There I bought a Copic Ciao brush pen. When I first found it, I asked it, "Where have you been all my life?"

What can I do with a brush pen? Here's what, as illustrated with a quick sketch of Ms. Marvel and the Hulk beating the crap out of each other.

Or is that really Moonstone?

Play Argyle and Crew With Your Kids!

09 September 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Argyle and Crews: Adventure in the Land of Skcos is a simple and fun role-playing game produced by Benjamin Gerber which is designed to be played with very young children... using sock puppets! I contributed three pieces of art for this project, including line art for the cover.

The ultimate sockpuppet RPG for kids!

The game is released under the Creative Common License. Purchase Argyle & Crew at:

or you could legally Torrent it using the following torrent file:

At the very least, you don't have to throw your old socks away!


And Then Some SWAG Character Requests

25 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

It's the couple of days lull before I leave town for Eid-ul-Fitr vacation at the in-laws, so I had some free time to take on some Star Wars Artists' Guild requests. Here are three character requests I picked up. I used a new Copicmarker Ciao ink brush I just purchased for their line art. Click on their individual links to read their request threads at the forums:

My name is NOT Quiche!

Ka'ron Quinch

Smuggler as requested by vinnie3.

You wouldn't want to see this bearing down on you from the sky

J'zzzt the Hutt

A Jedi Hutt as requested by Viscious the Jester.

A Republic officer AND a doctor. A good catch, ladies!

Doctor Adram Zanedi

A Republic Military officer and a physician during the Mandalorian Wars, requested by Jalaila Tarin.


Azamar - Template Art Part Four

11 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Here are a few more Azamar RPG character artwork for templates! The book is now for sale at their online store!

Who shaved her eyebrows?

Female Bu'Col Priest

I want one of those chain weapons

Male Bu'Col Shea'akh Warrior

She knows a kind of magic

Female Enfri Wizard

These halflings wear shoes

Male Enfri Wizard

She asceromances well, she does!

Female Human Asceromancer

Casting spells with a tubehat!

Male Human Wizard of the Veil


Superman Saves Cats!

06 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

You know what I miss about Superman? Him being sometimes ridiculous and fun.

Here's a tribute to the fun and ridiculous Silver Age Superman with the best ending in the world ever. This might have occurred just after Luthor stole 40 cakes.

Click here to view a larger image on DeviantArt.


Ruthermore's First Cover

05 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books, Misc Sci-Fi

Ruthermore Heidigens and the Fifth Planet is the first of David Leyman's Ruthermore Heidigens science fiction novellas. It features the most powerful wizard in the known universe, simply because he's the only wizard in the universe. His powers are real, but are they really of a magical source?

Here's the cover for the book I painted recently in watercolour: 


SWD6: The Rancid Putrefaction of a Cosmic Caterwauling Cabal

30 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, GOKL Actual Play, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Last Sunday, I ran a Star Wars RPG D6 game for the GOKL group. It started out as a one-shot, but who knows; the tale might continue another time.

The Rancid Putrefaction of a Cosmic Caterwauling Cabal

Episode 312: All Heaven Broke Loose

Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, aboard the space station Kwenn that served as deep space commerce and transport hub, there was a Rebel cell, who sat all day for days in a spacer's cantina named The Drunken Dewback, waiting for their first mission. Then one day the young bartender gestured them to the bar. She told them to go to Anchorhead on Tatooine where they will be given an important mission briefing.

Chapter One - We're So Starving

The Rebel cell consisted of Avril Mantessa, Pew Pew and Tyvokka.

Avril was a young Jedi who had been cloistered away and trained by her Jedi parents in secret after the Jedi Purge. She has yet to use her lightsabre in combat. Pew Pew was a short furry Ewok gunslinger who wore a wide-brimmed sombrero, a poncho and a pair of blaster pistols. No one knew where he came from. And finally, Tyvokka was a Wookiee who owed a life debt to a pirate who died recently. Finding himself without an aim in life, he signed up with a group of rebels.

A view from the gm screen

Lompy watches as Tyvokka the Wookiee mulls over his next step with Pew Pew the Ewok strapped to his chest baby pouch.

The trio headed down to the spaceport levels and entered a bay filled with light freighters and transports.


Bare Bones Cover Process

28 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

The Bare Bones Game System published by DwD Studios - the rules-lite, role-playing game featured in the previous post - also required a cover art. I was commissioned to produce a comic-style scene of the characters in the fantasy template cards appropriating loot.

Here is the step-by-step process of how the cover came to be.

This is a cropped thumbnail, bushi.

Click on the above to view the full artwork. Or you could also scroll down to the end of this blog post for it. 

I start with a rough sketch of the cover in black and white, overlaid with the margin and bleed marks.


Bare Bones

26 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

The Bare Bones Game System - to be published by DwD Studios - is a rules-lite, multi-genre role-playing game formatted onto playing card-sized cards. Here are artwork for players that will be printed on card-sized character sheets for a standard fantasy-type world with the usual suspects: Human, Elf, Halfling and Dwarf.

A wizard of some sort
A ranger of some sort
A thief of some sort
A fighter of some sort

Villains and Vigilante Card Art

25 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

Recently, I have been commissioned by Superhuman Games to produce seven Power Cards for their licenced Villains and Vigilantes card game. I am honoured to be illustrating scenes with characters created by Jeff Dee.

Tussle on the Tracks

Spyder and Condor are grappling on the subway tracks as a train approaches.

Spectral Storm

Dreamweaver issues forth a host of spectres in combat.

Mind Over Matter

Motivator telekinetically causes Space Racer to feel pain in his gut.


Cargo Ships for Sages of RPG

24 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

While the previous entry featured the tugboats in this card game by Sages of RPG, this blog post feature the boats they guide in. As before, there are four different boat companies in the game!

Blue Bonnet Boating

Green Goblin Groceries

Purple Pirate Parcels

Red Rabbit Rentals

and the card back:


Tugboats for Sages of RPG

23 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

Here are some tugboat illustrations for a card game by Sages of RPG. Watch this space for more details on the card game!

Blue Bonnet Boating

Green Goblin Groceries

Purple Pirate Parcels

Red Rabbit Rentals

And the card back:

Check out the next entry for the cargo ships they guide in... using the game rules.